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Crighton A. Chase Admitted as Partner

Hillman, Brown & Darrow, P.A. is pleased to announce that Crighton A. Chase has become a partner in the firm. Mr. Chase graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.  He attended the University of … Continue reading

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Marietta B. Warren Admitted as Partner

Hillman, Brown & Darrow, P.A. is pleased to announce that Marietta “Tippy” Warren, has become a partner in the firm. Ms. Warren graduated from the University of Maryland, with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History.  She received her Law Degree … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: What is the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2019?

Changes in how you are taxed (or are not) taxed on your alimony are right around the corner. The new Tax Cuts and Job Act (“TCJA”) provides that , effective January 1, 2019 any court ordered alimony or alimony agreed upon … Continue reading

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Evelyn Spurgin Recognized as Maryland Super Lawyer for 6th Year

The Super Lawyers distinction is based on a peer balloting process involving attorneys from across Maryland. Nominees are then systematically researched and evaluated using a complex, patented selection process. Hillman, Brown & Darrow has multiple lawyers who have been recognized in … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Enhanced Underinsured Motorist Law

If you or family members have had the misfortune of being injured in a motor vehicle collision as a result of someone else’s negligence you may have also encountered the problem that the other driver did not have sufficient insurance … Continue reading

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors- Or Do They?

Out in the country farmers do not put their fences on their property lines, because most farm fences surround pastures, and farmers prefer to walk around the outside of their fences, and not inside their pastures. And in the country … Continue reading

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Ask An Attorney: Workers’ Comp

If you are a business owner with employees and business is a little slow, is it ok to hold off obtaining or paying that bill for workers’ compensation insurance? No!  Even if you are not a high risk business or … Continue reading

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July Insurance Changes

There is a new auto insurance law in Maryland as of July 1st that all Maryland residents should be aware of. Maryland Annotated Code Insurance Section 19-509.1 states that Enhanced Underinsured Motorist (EUIM) coverage can be added to new auto … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Co-Tenancy Agreement

My significant other and I are unmarried but want to purchase or lease a home together.  What happens if we separate? Today, many couples live and own or lease property together before getting married. While most couples hope their relationship … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Special Needs Trust

I have a family member/ friend with special needs. What can I do to protect their financial interests and ensure their future? Ensuring loved ones are taken care of after reaching maturity is something many families must address. You want … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: How to Avoid the Hassles of Litigation

I am looking to hire a subcontractor for a home renovation. How can I be sure I am hiring the right subcontractor so that I am avoiding the problems and possible litigation down the road? Our Annapolis attorneys are virtually inundated … Continue reading

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Ask An Attorney: Separation Advice

My spouse and I are separated with kids.  Things are amicable right now and I don’t want to rock the boat.  Do I need an attorney? Both marriage and divorce are legal actions regulated by the State of Maryland.  The … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Renovations

I want to expand/renovate my home or office, where do I begin? There are many steps necessary to prepare for an expansion. Before hiring a contractor you need to acquire an updated property survey. An experienced real estate attorney should … Continue reading

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How do I pick the right attorney?

How do I pick the right attorney? Hiring the right lawyer is one of the more important decisions you will make in your life.  They can help you protect your family, minimize your liability, make others accountable, get you good … Continue reading

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Staying in Compliance With Your Local Alcoholic Beverage Laws This Holiday Season

With the Holidays in full swing and the New Year just around the corner, everyone has a lot on their plate. But whether your non-profit is hosting a holiday party, your restaurant is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party, or … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Same Sex Marriage

My Partner and I were married in a state that allowed same sex marriage before it became legal in Maryland. Can I file for divorce in Maryland? Yes, provided you meet the legal requirements for a divorce in Maryland. Married … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Adoption

What is a “step-parent adoption”? Adoptions come in all shapes and sizes. For example, there are international and agency adoptions, private adoptions and “family adoptions.”  Family adoptions are typically adoptions by someone who is related by Blood or Marriage.  This … Continue reading

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Ask An Attorney: Should I appeal?

I was just involved in a hotly contested family law trial and I am not happy with what the judge did.  Should I appeal? Family cases can be so difficult – they can involve what matters to us most, our … Continue reading

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Boundary Lines, Encroachments and Additions

 House Location Surveys contain this Surveyor’s Legend: I hereby certify that I have located the improvements on the property known as ___ And the improvements are located as shown. This plat is not to be used for the purpose of … Continue reading

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Mediation: A Dispute Resolution Option Advanced by the Late Judge Howard Chasanow

Judge Howard S. Chasanow died  last month, the day before his 80th birthday.  He served as a District Court Judge (1971-77), a Circuit Court Judge (1977-1990) and on the Court of Appeals until 1999.  While he is remembered as a … Continue reading

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Help with Home Repairs and Modifications

Hillman Brown and Darrow’s attorneys are constantly being presented with problems that people deal with when they are having any kind of home-improvement or other construction done for them. The problem always reveals itself after the work has started because … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: MVA Expungement Part I

The judge found me not guilty of drinking and driving. How can the MVA still take my license? You probably either refused to take the breath or blood test or your test result was .08 or greater. The MVA and … Continue reading

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Divorce Update

Getting a divorce can be complicated and time-consuming.  For some couples, however, a recent change in the law has simplified the process.  As of October 1, 2016 couples who have no minor children and who have reached a written agreement … Continue reading

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Ask An Attorney: Car Accident Concerns

I have been in a car accident – now what do I do?  What do I say to the insurance company that keeps calling?  What do I drive while my car is getting fixed?  How can I get more money … Continue reading

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Expunging Your Record Part II

Most people don’t realize that you can have a criminal or traffic record expunged, which means it is wiped from the records.  This is extremely important for job applications, future legal issues including other tickets, or criminal charges, or even … Continue reading

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Use Versus Possession and Squatter’s Rights

Everyone has heard the term “squatter’s rights”, but what does this term really mean? There are two real estate issues at play here: “Adverse Possession” and “Prescriptive Use (Easement)”. A “prescriptive easement” becomes a legally protected right of use when … Continue reading

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Ask An Attorney: Family Law & Your Will

If I die before my divorce is final I do not want my spouse to have custody of our children nor access to my estate. What should I do? When children are in your life, everything changes. Until your divorce … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Expunging Your Record

One of the many services Hillman, Brown & Darrow offers is providing advice and assistance to our clients in filing for expungement of police and court records. The internet makes it easier than ever for employers or other interested parties … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Prenup Preparation

Do I need a prenuptial agreement to protect me from debts my spouse incurred before our marriage? Not necessarily, but a prenuptial agreement is useful for many reasons. You do not become legally responsible for your spouse’s debt just because … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Child Support

My ex is making tons of money and our teenagers have part time jobs. Can I get child support modified? You may have the right to modify if there has been a material change in financial circumstances since the last … Continue reading

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